Choreographer and Alumnus Alvin Rangel to address Fine Arts Class of 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Alvin RangelAUSTIN, Texas—Alvin Rangel (M.F.A., Dance, 2012) will address the graduating class of 2016 at commencement ceremonies for the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. The ceremony takes place at 3 p.m., Friday, May 20, in Bass Concert Hall.

For over 20 years, Rangel has enjoyed a career as a performer, choreographer, educator and artist/scholar. He began his professional career in his native Puerto Rico. Rangel is currently faculty at California State University, Fullerton, teaching dance composition, improvisation, modern dance and dance history. Rangel maintains an active schedule teaching master classes across the country, performing with his own company In-Version Dance Project, and as a guest artist with Charles O. Anderson’s Dance Theatre X and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). He performed in March 2016 at Lincoln Center in New York City with DCDC and the Paul Taylor Company.

His evening length dance performance Tango Vesre [Inverted Tango] (his M.F.A. thesis at UT-Austin) has received international recognition. He received the Fruit of Distinction Award for outstanding work in Dance during New York City’s 2013 Fresh Fruit Festival. In 2012, the Austin Critic’s Table nominated the project for Best Short Work and gave Rangel the award for Best Dancer. Since 2013, Tango Vesre has been featured at: the VII International Queer Tango Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Congress of Research in Dance/Society of History Dance Scholars Conference; the Wild Project in New York City; Dickinson College and at the Kuandu Arts Festival in Taipei, Taiwan.

For nearly a decade, Rangel toured internationally with DCDC. In 2001, he participated in the PBS documentary Free to Dance and Dancing in the Light. While dancing with DCDC, he received the Josie Award for Best Male Concert Dancer.

As an educator, he has led master classes and workshops throughout the United States and in Russia, Taiwan, Spain, Poland, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Professional dance companies, university dance programs and festivals across the country have performed his choreography.

For more information contact Rose L. Thayer at rose.thayer@austin.utexas.edu or 512-232-8167.